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Men’s College Volleyball Roundup for April 5

UC Irvine Takes Control of Division I/II Rankings

In this week’s edition of the Men’s College Volleyball Roundup, we bring you the latest updates from the world of college volleyball. UC Irvine has made a significant move, securing the final spot in the Division I/II rankings and displacing Grand Canyon from the top five. Meanwhile, in Division III, Stevens continues to dominate the rankings, with the top four teams remaining unchanged. This roundup not only highlights key matches from the week but also showcases athletes who are part of the USA Volleyball National Team Development Program.

NCAA Division I/II

No. 1 Hawaii

Hawaii maintains its number one position with an impressive record of 22-2. They recently won two matches 3-0 against UC Santa Barbara, further solidifying their dominance. Dimitrios Mouchlias leads the team with 14 kills, ranking as the tenth highest in the country. Spyros Chakas has shown exceptional skills in defense with eight digs.

Next up for Hawaii is a thrilling home series against No. 5 UC Irvine on Friday and Saturday.

No. 2 UCLA

UCLA has been on a winning streak, boasting a remarkable 23-2 record. They recently secured two victories against Grand Canyon in away matches. David Ido played a significant role with 13 kills, while Troy Gooch demonstrated skillful digging with eight digs.

UCLA is now gearing up to face their rival, USC, with home and away matches scheduled for Thursday and Saturday night.

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USA Volleyball National Team Development Program has also recognized the exceptional talents of UCLA players. Andrew Rowan, Ethan Champlin, Merrick McHenry, and Alex Knight have all made valuable contributions to the team.

No. 3 Penn State

Penn State continues to impress with a record of 20-3. They recently defeated Harvard in two matches, showing their excellent form. Michael Kowal led the team with nine kills, while Cal Fisher showcased his defensive prowess with eight digs.

Next, Penn State will face George Mason in two matches, starting on Friday night.

USA Volleyball National Team Development Program has also acknowledged the achievements of Toby Ezeonu, Brett Wildman, and Cole Bogner from the Penn State team.

No. 4 Long Beach State

Long Beach State stands strong with a record of 16-3. They recently achieved a convincing 3-0 victory against UC San Diego in two matches. Sotiris Siapanis displayed excellent attacking skills with eight kills, and Spencer Olivier showed his defensive strength with eight digs.

Long Beach State’s upcoming matches include a series against CSUN, with both home and away matches scheduled for this weekend.

Several players from Long Beach State have also caught the attention of the USA Volleyball National Team Development Program. Mason Briggs, Clarke Godbold, Shane Holdaway, and Aidan Knipe have made significant contributions to the team.

No. 5 UC Irvine

Francesco Sani of UC Irvine hits in a match vs. UCLA

UC Irvine has made a strong comeback, establishing a 16-6 record. They recently earned two convincing 3-0 wins against CSUN. Francesco Sani has been a standout player, with 23 kills and ranking as the seventh highest in the country. Cole Power has also showcased his defensive skills with 11 digs.

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Next up, UC Irvine will face the top-ranked team, Hawaii, in an exciting two-match series starting this weekend.

Numerous UC Irvine players have been acknowledged by the USA Volleyball National Team Development Program, including Francesco Sani and Cole Gillis.

NCAA Division III

No. 1 Stevens

Stevens maintains its number one position in Division III with a remarkable 28-2 record. They recently secured a 3-0 victory over No. 5 Messiah at the Mac Tri-Match #2. Koby Sherman showcased his attacking prowess with 20 kills, while Pu-Quy Ho displayed his defensive skills with nine digs.

Stevens will now face No. 2 Vassar in an exciting away match on Thursday night.

No. 2 Vassar

Vassar continues to impress with a record of 19-1. They recently achieved a victory against American International, further solidifying their position. Vaughn Ramsey led the team with 14 kills, while Casey McMenamin showed his defensive strength with six digs.

Next up, Vassar will face off against No. 1 Stevens in a highly anticipated home match on Thursday night.

The USA Volleyball National Team Development Program has also recognized the exceptional talents of Vaughn Ramsey from the Vassar team.

No. 3 Juniata

Juniata has been on a winning streak, boasting an impressive 25-2 record. They recently secured a 3-0 victory against Rutgers-Newark, showcasing their excellent form. Kevin Duffy III led the team with 10 kills, ranking as the sixth highest in the country for blocks per set and the seventh highest in hitting percentage. Reese Ganter displayed his defensive skills with seven digs.

Juniata will be hosting Elmira for a thrilling Saturday matinee match.

No. 4 Springfield

Springfield bounced back after a loss against No. 2 Vassar, securing a 3-0 victory against Nichols. Jarrett Anderson displayed his skills with 12 kills, ranking as the top player in the country for aces per set and the ninth highest in hitting percentage. Dylan Mulvaney showcased his defensive prowess with seven digs.

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Next up, Springfield will face MIT in an away match on Saturday night.

No. 5 Messiah

Messiah has been performing consistently, maintaining a solid 22-3 record. They recently achieved a victory over Eastern University on the road. Zac Barbato stood out with 15 kills, while Adam Casper showcased his blocking abilities with five blocks.

Messiah’s next match will be against Hood College, the final home and MAC match of the regular season.

The USA Volleyball National Team Development Program has also recognized Kaleb Jenness from Ball State as a standout player.

FAQs

Q: Who is the top-ranked team in Division I/II?
A: The top-ranked team in Division I/II is Hawaii.

Q: Which team has the most victories in Division I/II?
A: UCLA has the most victories in Division I/II with a record of 23-2.

Q: Who is the number one team in Division III?
A: Stevens holds the top spot in Division III.

Q: Which player has the most kills in Division III?
A: Koby Sherman from Stevens has the most kills in Division III with 20.

Conclusion

The Men’s College Volleyball Roundup has provided a comprehensive overview of the latest happenings in both Division I/II and Division III. Teams like UC Irvine, Stevens, and Hawaii have showcased their dominance, while individual players have made significant contributions. Stay tuned for more exciting volleyball action in the coming weeks!

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